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I'm looking for an easy way to manually change my Windows 7 Device Manager device icons. I've tried allowing Windows to manually download hi-res icons, but it seems to only update them when and if it feels like it, so only two of the ~20 have been updated with the proper icons.

I've tried searching around on Google but haven't found anything that really looks reliable that I can do quickly. I already have most of the icons I want to use downloaded, it's just a matter of getting them replaced.

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Do you mean in "Devices and Printers" ? – Moab Jan 18 '11 at 21:11
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With the resource editor mentioned by jason404 (or any other if suitable) try modifying setupapi.dll (from the system32 folder). Be aware of windows file protection.

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I have done this on executables and .dll libraries, using XN Resource Editor, but I guess that it would not work on x64 drivers as it it would break the digital signing.

Why would you want to do this anyway? It seems like a strange thing to do.

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Just in there a lot using a scanner and connecting/disconnecting some hardware. It just bugs me to know that I have the right icons and can't put them in there. A few of them used to work fine but no longer do. – jeffwain Aug 14 '10 at 22:57
Somebody is bored, ;-) – Moab Jan 18 '11 at 21:09

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